This weeklong event gives libation lovers a chance to understand the world of mixology through tastings and live demonstrations.
The first-ever OC Cocktail Week unfolds March 2-8 at more than 40 bars and restaurants throughout Orange County, offering handcrafted cocktails paired with small bites for only $20.14. The event kicks off after the wildly popular OC Restaurant Week, giving cocktail lovers and foodies a chance to celebrate fine spirits, fresh ingredients, and a thriving nightlife community in Orange County.
The OC Cocktail Week demonstrations allow guests to learn the contents and history of various concoctions while engaging with the bartenders who’ve mastered them. 320 Main in Seal Beach welcomes Dave Stolte, author and illustrator of “Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics)” to give a live demonstration aimed at creating cocktails for the home bartender on Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m. He will also offer guests an opportunity to purchase autographed copies of his book.
Mesa, located at 725 Baker in Costa Mesa, will offer cocktail lovers inside perspective on ingredients they love. The demonstration takes place on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Infinium Spirits, encouraging guests to “know the classics, know your spirits, and create new classics.”
Hopscotch in Fullerton will also be a part of the live demonstration action on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Hopscotch, located at 136 E Commonwealth Ave, offers guests a chance to interact with Neil Matchko and Mike Lowery, who will go over a variety of infusions including their signature Sous Vide technique. The demonstration will feature a cocktail and chef’s choice of small bites for $10.
The demonstrations continue in Fullerton on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. at The Cellar. Located at 305 N. Harbor Blvd., The Cellar highlights the skills and knowledge of bartender Rich Ohtsika who will explain the proper way to make an Old Fashioned cocktail while discussing the origins and history of the classic drink.
The festivities come full circle when 320 Main welcomes guests back for the last demo of the week. Cocktail Families: From Sours to Slings, will break down the various families of cocktails on Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m.
For general information, list of participating bars and restaurants or to gain insight regarding sponsorship and participation opportunities, please visit http://www.occocktailweek.com.